Real Madrid 2 Bayern Munich 1 (agg 3-3, 2-3 on pens): Shootout agony for Ronaldo and Jose as Germans set up Chelsea final date
22:49 GMT, 25 April 2012
It's Munich in Munich for Chelsea. The hopes of a grand reunion with Jose Mourinho in Bavaria fell apart on a drama-filled night at the Bernabeu.
The German ability to convert penalties proved itself again after two full games and and 30 minutes of extra time could not separate two well-matched sides.
Real Madrid missed three of their first four penalties and Bastian Schweinsteiger drilled in the crucial third for Bayern.
Wunderbar: Bayern Munich celebrate after Bastian Schweinsteiger hit the winning penalty
Agony: Madrid players react during their penalty shootout defeat at the Bernabeu
Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Alonso, Khedira, Di Maria (Kaka 75), Ozil (Granero 111), Ronaldo, Benzema (Higuain 106).
Subs not used: Adan, Fabio Coentrao, Albiol, Callejon.
Goals: Ronaldo 6 pen, 14.
Booked: Pepe, Arbeloa, Granero
Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba, Gustavo, Schweinsteiger, Ribery (Muller 95), Kroos, Robben, Gomez.
Subs not used: Butt, Olic, Rafinha, Pranjic, Contento, Tymoschuk.
Goals: Robben 27 pen.
Booked: Alaba, Badstuber, Gustavo, Robben.
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
Cristiano Ronaldo scored one in normal time but Manuel Neuer saved his opener in the shootout.
Mourinho kissed some religious beads before the penalty duel but then disappeared swiftly down the tunnel. He knew Real's great chance had gone. They have followed Barcelona out of the Champions League.
An enthralling match saw Real roar into an early two-goal lead, only for Bayern to reply in a non-stop first half. The game began at a blistering pace and by the 14th minute Ronaldo had scored his 53rd and 54th goals of a stellar season for Madrid to wipe out Bayern's one-goal lead from the first leg.
But the reds of Munich took the punches and jabbed back. They were inspired by Arjen Robben, once of Chelsea, who scored a 27th-minute penalty. Tens of thousands of white flags created a euphoric atmosphere before kick-off.
'This is our moment,' Ronaldo had said on Tuesday and that was the unmistakable feel in one of the great cathedrals of football. A huge banner was unveiled that declared: 'The Years Pass, The Legend Is Eternal'. Bayern could hardly miss the message.
No way past: Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer (left) saves in the shootout from Cristiano Ronaldo
Blown it: Ronaldo slumps to the floor after missing Real's first penalty of the shootout
On his knees: Madrid manager Jose Mourinho (right) was denied a reunion with former club Chelsea
Manager Jupp Heynckes chose the same
team as last week, despite six of the visiting side being one booking
away from missing the final, were they to get there. In a miserable
opening for the German side, David Alaba was the first Bayern player to
know he was out of the final. It took all of five minutes.
Sami Khedira had already wasted a
good chance by then, running on to a pass from Angel Di Maria. It was Di
Maria's volley that struck Alaba's arm from close range. It was harsh
to say it was deliberate, but Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai thought
so. Alaba saw yellow and Kassai pointed to the spot, from where Ronaldo
stepped up and guided a supreme, cool penalty past Neuer.
Spot on: Cristiano Ronaldo (centre) opens the scoring with a penalty past Bayern Munich's keeper Manuel Neuer
Joy: Ronaldo (centre) celebrates with fans and team-mates after scoring from the penalty spot
Sharpshooter: Ronaldo (left) wheels away after scoring Real Madrid's second goal of the night
Milking the applause: Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his second goal of the night
That made it 2-2 on aggregate. Less than 10 minutes later it was 3-2 to the Spanish side. Ronaldo got the second, too. This was a proper move, the ball being zipped around the Real midfield until Mesut Ozil fed Ronaldo just inside the area.
A lesser player would have taken a touch; Ronaldo clipped it early, low and hard. Neuer was left looking helpless.
Only just: Arjen Robben (right) squeezes his penalty past Madrid keeper Iker Casillas (centre)
Making his point: Robben celebrates scoring from the penalty spot and hauling Bayern level on aggregate
So in 14 minutes Bayern's first-leg 2-1 advantage was overturned. But this was no monopoly possession game a la Barca. In between Real's two goals, Robben somehow missed a six-yard volley and only a last-ditch Khedira tackle prevented Franck Ribery from punishing Iker Casillas's spilling of a Mario Gomez shot.
Real's defensive fragility had been proven and, after falling two behind, Bayern could say 'let's give it a go'. They did. Robben – three years at Chelsea, two at Madrid – was a menace and Real backed off.
Sacre Bleu: Bayern's French playmaker Franck Ribery reacts after missing a shot on goal
In the 26th minute Robben initiated the move that saw Pepe force Gomez to the floor for the evening's second penalty and second yellow card. Some thought it should be red. Robben took the spot kick, Casillas got a hand to it, but it was 2-1, 3-3 on aggregate.
In the 45th minute, Casillas was tested again by Robben, the 17th goal attempt of a brilliant, breathless half.
Over the top: Robben takes a tumble after a challenge by Madrid defender Marcelo
Football's coming home: Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates after scoring the final penalty
Bayern had as much of the play as the
hosts and, on 75 minutes, Mourinho introduced Kaka, the second most
expensive footballer ever after Ronaldo.
Man-of-the-match Robben teed up Gomez
in the 86th minute for what seemed a certain winner, but Gomez dallied
and the chance was lost.